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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

At 60: Much Accomplished, Much Still to Do
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At 60: Much Accomplished, Much Still to Do
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
At 60, you reach another milestone birthday that is supposed to make you feel different. In reality, this one does for me. But in a positive way. I am excited for all the possibilities that await (as long as I stay healthy) as I enter the fourth quarter or, in hockey terms, the 3rd period of my life [Read More]
The 'Great Pause' Can Lead to the 'Great Comeback'
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The 'Great Pause' Can Lead to the 'Great Comeback'
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
During this time of the “Great Pause” I’d like to share a few signs that are spread throughout our house that I see, intentionally, every day to lift my spirits and guide me. [Read More]
Yes, We Can Change
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Yes, We Can Change
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
No one has all the answers as to why we still have ongoing race issues. I certainly don’t. What I do know is that we need to change. We all need to be a part of the solution. [Read More]
Memorial Day Weekend 2020 Is Still Worth Remembering
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Memorial Day Weekend 2020 Is Still Worth Remembering
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This Memorial Day weekend was unlike any other for most Americans due to the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on our nation. [Read More]
Job Gone? Internship Rescinded? School on Hold? What to Do Next
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Job Gone? Internship Rescinded? School on Hold? What to Do Next
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While I am cautiously optimistic and encouraging everyone to remain positive, I am also a realist and an advocate for a practical and reasonable approach to preparing for the inevitable changes coming our way. [Read More]
Resilience: Preparing for Post-Pandemic Life
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Resilience: Preparing for Post-Pandemic Life
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Resilience is the ability to cope in trying times, despite cutbacks, setbacks and scarce resources. It’s what you are willing to do during tough times to overcome great challenges and to see the opportunity in the adversity. It’s how mentally and emotionally tough you are willing and able to be [Read More]
The Hug Will Survive
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The Hug Will Survive
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I am a serial hugger. It’s partly an extrovert thing, partly an Italian thing, and it’s definitely a Battista family thing. During these unprecedented times, I am especially experiencing a hug deficit. [Read More]
It’s Time to Make Lemonade
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It’s Time to Make Lemonade
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This is the exact time when you must conjure up all your creativity, resilience, grit, courage and a positive mindset to help yourself, and others, to stay focused on what you can control. It is time to “make lemonade out of lemons” as best as you can. [Read More]
Working Together, We Will Get Through This
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Working Together, We Will Get Through This
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
“Whatever comes out of these gates we have a better chance of survival if we work together.” I think it is a great reminder that in these uncertain times, we are all better off working together. So, put aside any petty differences and don’t waste time assigning blame. Our shared purpose is to [Read More]
Time to Confront the Elephant in the Room
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Time to Confront the Elephant in the Room
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Let’s cut right to the chase. I want to talk about a proverbial “elephant in the room” that has been ignored for far too long. This country, and the world for that matter, has a problem when it comes to addressing the growing mental health crisis. It’s about time that we confronted this elep [Read More]
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